Police Arrest Alleged “A.L.F. Lone Wolf”

Walter Edmund Bond, 34, is so committed to being a vegan that he tattooed the word across his neck. It was a useful identifying feature when officers arrested him for allegedly burning down a sheepskin factory in Colorado. However, it gets even more bizarre.

After the Sheepskin factory was burned down, a video showed a man approaching the building around 3 am with a backpack. A man who identified himself as “A.L.F. Lone Wolf” later posted this message on the Internet:

“Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated. Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur, as demonstrated in my recent arson against the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City. Go vegan!”

Police believed the reference was to the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah — torched on June 5th. A third party called the FBI to say that Bond had said that he was the culprit. They arranged a meeting where Bond reportedly admitted to the arson. What is fascinating is the reference to the lunch that Bond had at a friend’s house shortly before he was arrested: hamburgers.

In his backpack, they found literature titled “The Declaration of War – Killing People to Save Animals – Strike a Match, Light a Fuse, We Only Have the Earth to Lose.”

Bond is facing one count of arson of property affecting interstate commerce with a maximum prison term of 20 years in prison.

Source: Globe Gazette

21 thoughts on “Police Arrest Alleged “A.L.F. Lone Wolf””

  1. We all know that herbivores are better tasting than carnivores.

    He’s going to get eaten up in prison. He may as well have “USDA Prime” tattooed just after his “vegan” tattoo.


  2. I read “VEGAN” across his neck and I looked at the rest of him and I had to wonder if he meant Vegan as in somebody who came from the star in the constellation Lyra.

  3. i’m sure the dept. of corrections will gladly provide him with a vegan only diet. NOT!

  4. When I said “almost no” I meant that I believe that only a teeny-tiny proportion of beef production is not corporate-feedlot-cornfed-antibiotic ridden beef. Which I think is true. I didn’t mean you couldn’t get any. There’e a couple of farms around Seattle that produce organic grain-fed beef.

    When reading my posts it is important to keep in mind that much depends on what the meaning of “is” is.

  5. Almost no cows are vegans these days. Most animal feed for cows, sheep etc. has ground up animal carcasses in it for extra protein. That’s how mad cow disease got spread around.

  6. To Establish jurisdiction other than that it is a states rights case.

  7. tomdarch: “And what’s with “one count of arson of property affecting interstate commerce”? Is there a lesser charge of “arson of property affecting only a small, local business (which, thus, is probably owned by a less rich, less influential person”

    It sounds as though the feds are prosecuting this one, and need a juridictional basis for prosecuting arson, — so the interstate commerce charge. See 18 U.S.C. sec. 844(i), arson on property affecting interstate or foreign commerce.

  8. Hamburgers = vegetables?

    If so then: “Vegetables are good for you. Plant leaves are vegetables. Tobacco is a plant leaf. Tobacco is a vegetable. Ergo, tobacco is good for you.” (Credit to the “Bob and Dave” comic strip by Dave King.)

    But seriously, I doubt that anyone with “vegan” tattooed on his neck ate anything other than veggie burgers, even if someone described them as “hamburgers”.

    And what’s with “one count of arson of property affecting interstate commerce”? Is there a lesser charge of “arson of property affecting only a small, local business (which, thus, is probably owned by a less rich, less influential person)”? Either way, I hope that arson of residential buildings carries a higher penalty.

  9. AY,

    I wouldn’t be to sure that the cow your steak was from was a vegan (unless you’re eating grass-fed beef…).

  10. I have said many times before and I’ll say it again. I am a Vegan, yes its true. I am from Texas after all. A Vegan by Proxy that is. My steak came from a cow and I am almost assured he/she was a vegan, therefore, Vegan by Proxy.

    This guy is weird anyway…..

  11. Where are they going to tattoo “arsonist”? It was only 400 or so years ago that they branded women in this country who committed adultry with an “A.”

  12. The story is not as bizarre as this guy looks! What an intelligent arsonist! Yeah I did it and I lunched on Hamburgers in order to get into the criminal mode! This guy will have fun in prison.

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